Charlie Parham

Charlie is a director and writer working in theatre and film. With a focus on new writing, adaptation and musicals, he is Co-Artistic Director of Antic Productions, which he founded with producer Emma Hall to champion new writing and emerging creative talent.

For Antic, Charlie is currently developing a new musical stage adaptation of David Nicholls’ cult coming-of-age novel Starter For Ten as director and co-writer. The project is being produced with Paul Brooks and Playtone, and will premier early January 2024 at Bristol Old Vic. His previous directing work for stage includes Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties (Southwark Playhouse), School Play (Southwark Playhouse), For Those Who Cry When They Hear The Foxes Scream (Tristan Bates) and Hippolytos (V&A). His work as Associate/Assistant director includes Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre), As You Like It (Oxford Shakespeare Company), Waiting For Godot (Arcola) and Variation On A Theme (Finborough). He has also worked as a producer in broadcast at the National Theatre.

For screen, Charlie recently worked as Associate Director and Second Unit Director on the upcoming musical feature Greatest Days, inspired by the music of Take That. The film is directed by Coky Giedroyc, whom he previously assisted on the live TV production of The Sound Of Music (ITV). As director, his short films have received official selections at festivals worldwide, including Exit Eve (Erebus Pictures, starring Thalissa Teixeira and Hattie Morahan), Full English (Seek Films, Antic Productions) and Nightstand (Try Hard Films, Executive Producer Stephen Fry). For TV, Charlie directed musical special The Night Watchmen’s Nativity, a retelling of the Christmas story celebrating gospel music (Sky Arts, NOW).

As a writer/performer in drag supergroup Denim, he toured throughout the UK and beyond, creating shows for diverse venues and festivals including Glastonbury, Hyde Park’s British Summer Time, Latitude, Almeida and Trafalgar Studios. Sponsored by MAC Cosmetics, the band played successive sold-out runs at Soho Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other cabaret, variety and concert credits as director include Carmina Victoriana (Wilton’s Music Hall), Summertime (Arts Theatre West End) and Devotion (New Generation Festival, Florence).